Supreme Court Justices Thomas and Gorsuch Call For Revisiting 1964 Case That Prevented Public Figures Suing For Defamation

Overturning the ruling could mean that public figures would have more recourse for lies told about them in media

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Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch called for the revisiting of a free speech decision made in the 1964 landmark New York Times vs. Sullivan, which is referenced in cases where public figures seek defamation charges.

The two justices said it is time to take another look at the decision, while dissenting the Supreme Court’s Friday decision not to take a case brought by Shkelzen Berisha, the son of a former prime minister of Albania. Berisha wanted to seek defamation charges over statements made in the book “Arms and the Dudes: How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gununners in History.” The film “War Dogs” is based on the book.

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